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What we do

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The Committee aims to represent the interests of the local community with respect to planning, building development, conservation and enhancement within the HCA which encompasses the Meols Drive CA and the Kings Gap CA. In short, we are people who care deeply about our local heritage and our built environment.

Current policy specifically extends planning control beyond the immediate boundary of the designated areas to include the “setting” of the HCA

This means that proposals within the immediate locality or street scene which form part of the important views into or out of the Area or which, because of their nature or scale would have a direct effect on the character and environment are also covered by these arrangements.

The HCA has a written Constitution, which is available from the Home page and here.

We have working links to the Wirral Borough Council Planning Department, Conservation Officers, Enforcement Officers, Tree Preservation Officer and other services.

We maintain close contact with the elected Local Ward Councillors, Messrs Andrew Gardner, Tony Cox and Mrs Alison Wright.

We support the aims and objectives of Hoylake Village Life, a local Community Interest Company www.hoylakevillage.org.uk and Hoylake Vision, a Community Neighbourhood Planning Forum – see www.hoylakevision.org.uk who have established a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Hoylake which complements but adds to requirements in National and Local Authority plans.

We are notified of all planning applications affecting the HCA when they are registered in order to offer comment in support of the aims and objectives in our Constitution and to ensure that the overall purpose of preserving the character and special characteristics of the area are protected. The Committee is available for consultation prior to submission of any plans and it is hoped to develop this aspect further so that there is regular dialogue between the Committee and the Council Planners.

We attend local area public meetings as required eg Conservation Areas Wirral (CAW), Constituency Meetings, Planning and Community events.

The Committee meets as required but also undertakes informal meetings as part of their remit and to stay abreast of what is happening. Minutes of  meetings are archived here.

An Annual General Meeting is due once a year. The last such was on 5 June 2019.  The record of that meeting is available here.  At present, no date has been set for the 2020 AGM due to the Covid 19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Committee

Current Committee of Volunteer Local Residents

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Christopher Moore CBE (Chairman)

0151 632 0218

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Mrs Kitty Whitford

0151 632 3608

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Mrs Sue Evans

0151 632 4421

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Mrs Pam Meredith Jones (Hon Treasurer)

0151 632 2614

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Mr Miles Meredith Jones

0151 632 2614

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Mr Graham Stevens

0151 633 2144

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Any residents from within the HCA who are willing to serve on the Committee should contact the Chairman or any other member of the Committee.

HISTORY OF THE CONSERVATION AREA

This important conservation area (CA) encompasses two formerly separate areas – The Kings Gap-Stanley Road CA and the Meols Drive CA.  As the two areas shared a common boundary and had identical aims, responsibility on behalf of local residents for the administration of both was unified in early September 2010 having been approved by local residents at two public meetings.

For ease of reference, Wirral Borough Council has agreed in principle that the new name of the Hoylake Conservation Areas (HCA) would be simpler, more sensible and appropriate.  The boundaries of the HCA remain unchanged from those of its forerunners but because of the overlap, it seemed sensible and practical to unify the residents’ interests and responsibilities under one committee.

 

Kings Gap & Hoylake Gateway

It was in April 2000 that the Kings Gap and its adjacent roads were designated as a CA in order to preserve the special architectural and historic features which are an identifiable Hoylake characteristic.  There are two grade II listed buildings within the old KGCA: the Hoylake lighthouse and its adjoining Keeper’s Cottage in Valentia Road and St Hildeburgh’s Church in Stanley Road.  Other notable but unlisted buildings are the Green Lodge Hotel, the Kings Gap Court Hotel and the former Lifeboat Station.  The area also contains a remnant sand dune and some significant pine trees.  The Council is overdue in producing a new Management Plan for this area. The lack of such a plan disadvantages home owners, developers and the Council as there are no clear guidelines established.   The HCA Committee expect to be consulted on the new proposals which, since conservation doesn’t start and end with a red line on a map, are likely to embrace adjacent areas and the approaches to the designated CA. The original Character Appraisal is available on the Council’s website/.

 

Meols Drive

Sometime later, in February 2004, a second area called the Meols Drive CA was designated in order to preserve the unique buildings, visual amenity and open space which made up the surrounds of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club ahead of the return of the Open Golf Championship in 2006.  In particular, the fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian housing and its spacious tree-lined character was worthy of preservation. Meols Drive also provides an element of separation between the two urban centres of Hoylake and West Kirby. The chosen boundary extended from Lingdale Road to the south, along Meols Drive to the Kings Gap and also includes The Quadrant and Stanley Road.  Listed buildings are: St Andrew’s Church, the Evangelical (Hope) Church at the corner of Station Road/Meols Drive and the Hoylake Railway Station and shops.  The Royal Liverpool golf course and its grand and historic Club House are important historically and physically and are dominant features in the surrounding landscape.  Also of interest is the Church of Christ Scientist in the King’s Gap which is of contemporary and unique design.  It represents an example of modern design of good quality which can be considered an acceptable example of later development. The relevant Character Appraisal is available on the Council’s website.

 

Council Responsibilities

The designation as a CA indicates Wirral Borough Council’s positive commitment to conservation and their intention to preserve and enhance the quality of the environment within it and in its near vicinity. This is embodied in Policy CH2 which governs development affecting Conservation Areas. Specifically:

  1. CA consent is required for the demolition of all unlisted buildings in the area
  2. Planning applications for development which would, in the opinion of the Local Planning Authority, affect the character or appearance of the CA must be given publicity and representations received as a result must be taken into account in determining the application
  3. The Local Authority (Wirral Borough Council) is under duty to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the area under the Planning Acts and Part 1 of the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953
  4. It is an offence, subject to certain exceptions, to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or destroy any tree in the area except with the consent of the Local Planning Authority
  5. Permitted development rights within a CA are more restricted than in other areas
  6. Wirral Borough Council is under a duty to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of the area

More detailed maps showing the exact boundaries of the HCA and the respective appraisals are on Wirral Borough Council’s website

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